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Hi I'm Gerald

I grew up in California. I was converted to the Mormon faith while in the armed services in 1961. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of eight children and have eighteen granchildren. I have practiced law for over thirty years and am now retired and am also retired military. I am an amateur radio operator, enjoy target shooting with guns, doing family history work and flying space available on military hops.

Why I am a Mormon

As a youth I attended the Catholic Church regularly with my mother. I attended catechism, made my First Communion I believe around age 12 and attended Confession regularly. During my senior year of high school I decided to join the Air Force upon my graduation, I had never before been away from home for any extended period of time. I then turned to what religious background I knew and obtained a Catholic Bible and for the first time in my life began to use the Rosary. I was sent to Keesler Air Force Base at Biloxi, Mississippi for schooling. It was here that I was first introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While at Kessler Air Force Base at Biloxi I was still reading in the Bible and attending Catholic Church services. I had also begun attending a health studio on base. As it turned out the manager of the studio was a member of the LDS Church. At some time we began talking about religion. Instead of preaching to me he would only invite me to come and attend the local LDS Church which was located just outside one of the base gates. One Sunday I decided to venture out and attend the LDS Church. I can still remember that I was so impressed with the friendliness and experience that I was having that first Sunday at Church that I volunteered to go the next weekend to cut down trees on the Stake Farm. Within a very short time I was being taught by Mike and Rick. I can remember during the very first lesson that I knew that the LDS Church was true. This lesson at the time had to do with Joseph Smith and the First Vision and the true doctrine of the Godhead. Once I was taught the real nature of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost I instantly knew it was true. It was at this first discussion that I asked to be baptized. However, I was told that I had to wait until all the lessons were completed for that to take place. I was baptized on April 21, 1961 at Biloxi, Mississippi.

How I live my faith

I read and study the scriptures and pray daily. Over the years I have served in various positions in the church serving the youth and other adult members. I have served as a teacher in church classes and in the homes of other members. I have also served in leadership positions involving the youth and and other menandwomen in the church. As a young man I served a full time mission in Eastern Canada for two years and have just begun another full time mission for eighteen months along with my wife as senior missionaries in Croatia.